ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

His Name is Mud – A review of Mud

Updated on May 8, 2013
Matthew McConaughey stars as Mud, a man on the run from the law after he kills a man for mistreating a woman with whom he's in love.
Matthew McConaughey stars as Mud, a man on the run from the law after he kills a man for mistreating a woman with whom he's in love.
4 stars for Mud

Summary: This film offers little hope or belief in the pairing of the sexes. Every glimmer of happiness between men and women is swiftly shattered yet one child still is left with hope that he may one day find love.

Call me optimistic but I still believe in fairy tale endings despite not having found my own yet. Maybe that’s why I enjoy romantic comedies that have happy endings.

The movie Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey as a drifter marooned on a deserted river island is not a comedy and it rarely hints at romance. Maybe that’s why, despite the approach to its subject matter, I was bemused, rather than amused.

The film’s real star, though, is Tye Sheridan who plays a young boy named Ellis. He’s fourteen and still believes that men and women belong together even though his parents are splitting up and everything around him indicates the truth is opposite his beliefs.

Ellis’ best friend is Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), a boy raised by his uncle, a man who objectifies women for little more than one night stands. It’s this upbringing that has turned Neckbone into a misogynist. He’d rather spend an afternoon flipping through old girlie magazines than exploring a boat stuck in a tree after a flood.

Enter Mud. Mud, too, is a romantic, believing that a woman he loves is coming back for him. He’s hiding out on the island because he killed a man who mistreated her.

The woman, Jubilee (Reese Witherspoon), has an agenda of her own, though. Where Mud fits into her life is not made very clear until the end.

Let me make something abundantly clear, though. I’m definitely a cynic when it comes to happy endings in real life. Maybe that’s why I still enjoyed this film. While I prefer to think optimistically about love, like Ellis, I can also be a realist when it comes to believing that two people can end up happy. Or rather, can not.

The film is surprising well layered like the best of the coming of age movies we’ve seen in the past. The Midwest setting is apropos. Mud is hunted by the family of the man he killed and there’s no better place for a showdown than a community hit hard by recession.

The movie also features Sam Shepard as an ex-military type who keeps to himself on the riverfront. And Joe Don Baker shows up as the father of the murdered man who wants holy revenge against Mud and is willing to bribe the law to make things right.

This isn’t a feel good movie by any means, but after viewing it, it may give you a feel good vibe about the human condition. Despite its cynicism, the film will leave you with the optimism that happy endings are possible if you believe in them. I give Mud 4 out of 5 stars.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)